Copying the 19th-Century French Nudes

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Copying the 19th-Century French Nudes

18 June, 2018 to 29 June, 2018


Angel Academy of Art
10 Via Nardo di Cione, Firenze, Toscana 50121

Copying paintings is the surest way to improve one’s painting skills, whether one is an established artist or a beginner, and the human figure offers the greatest scope for dealing with gesture, proportion and subtle colour. For this, the 19th-century academy painters were the best.

The workshop begins with gesture drawing of the painting with a dry brush technique. Next, using the limited palette of some earth colours and some cadmiums, colour is introduced to focus on the big form (called Big-Form Modelling). Painting continues with a 1st-painting i.e. an introduction to the planes of the human figure. Painting is finished with a 2nd-painting, followed by final glazes and toning.

This course instructs the student in an easy to follow step-by-step process, working from reproductions of the great 19th-century nudes provided by the instructor.

Minimum enrollment requirement for this Workshop is 5 (five) participants. Early reservations are recommended, as student numbers are purposely limited to allow for a high degree of individual attention.

Image - Jules Joseph Lefebvre - ODALISQUE, 1874